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Compact spaceflight solution crystal-growth system
Author(s): James D. Trolinger; Ravindra B. Lal; Chandra S. Vikram; William K. Witherow
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Paper Abstract

By incorporating advanced technology in fiberoptics, diode lasers, and holographic optical elements with knowledge gained from previous Spacelab work, we have produced a design of a versatile, miniaturized, stand alone, crystal solution growth chamber. Diagnostics instrumentation include the following: (1) crystal growth rate monitor, (2) growth/dissolution monitor with feedback, (3) solution diagnostics, (4) multiple wavelength holography, (5) single wavelength or color Schlieren with video recording. Availability of such a chamber will allow for much greater access to microgravity than is provided by presently available crystal growth research cells.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1557, Crystal Growth in Space and Related Optical Diagnostics, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49604
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Trolinger, MetroLaser (United States)
Ravindra B. Lal, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Chandra S. Vikram, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
William K. Witherow, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1557:
Crystal Growth in Space and Related Optical Diagnostics
James D. Trolinger; Ravindra B. Lal, Editor(s)

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